A grenade is small explosive, chemical,
or gas bomb. It is used at short range, thrown by hand or launched with
a grenade launcher. The word grenade comes from the French word for pomegranate,
early grenades looked like pomegranates.
Grenades first came into use around
the 15th century and the first inventor cannot be named. The first grenades
were hollow iron balls filled with gunpowder and ignited by a slow burning
By the 19th century, grenades were
no longer used. They were first used extensively again during the Russo-Japanese
War (1904-05). The hand grenades of World War One can be described as empty
cans filled with gunpowder and stones, with a primitive fuse. The Australians
used the tin cans from jam and their early grenades were nicknamed "Jam
Bombs." The first safe (for the person throwing it) grenade was the Mills
bomb, invented by Englishmen, William Mills in 1915. Two other important
grenade designs that emerged from the first war are the French pineapple
grenade and the German stick grenade.
The definition of a grenade with
historical background information.
The history of the grenade.
The first safe grenade was the Mills
Bomb, invented by Englishmen, William Mills in 1915.
The Mills Bomb
The Mills bomb was an infantry issue
hand grenade developed by William Mills of Birmingham in 1915.
Extending the range of grenades
requires that they be launched by some sort of infantry weapon, the grenade
A grenadier is a soldier selected
and trained to hurl grenades. The earliest grenadiers can be traced to
the late 16th century.
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